The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.
First, The Office of Student Experience (STEX) would like to welcome all of our students, returning and new, to campus for the fall semester. While we enjoy the summer, our office never feels quite right without the hustle, bustle and enthusiasm of all of our student leaders and activators. This year is shaping up to be an exciting and engaging one!
As a start to the year, I’d like to introduce you to a few key people in the landscape of the Weatherhead Graduate Student Experience:
Mimi Filsinger and George Smiltins round out the staff of the office of student experience. Mimi’s main focus is the logistics of day to day success here in WSOM. She has been with Weatherhead since long before the Peter B. Lewis building came to be and knows, often better than anyone, how to make things happen. Locker, study room, AV reservation or reimbursement questions? Stop by Mimi’s office!
George is our student service specialist. George focuses on your success here at Weatherhead in a variety of ways. Although he is our newest staff member, he quickly gained campus-wide knowledge to assist students with VISA questions, health concerns, or personal matters that may disrupt their ability to focus on their program. In the unfortunate circumstance that there is a concern regarding academic integrity or student conduct, George is available to find resolutions quickly. He is a great asset to students and is always eager to make new connections.
Student Experience would not be nearly as successful or lively without our esteemed student leaders. Our Graduate Business Student Association consists of an executive board, a vice president and a president who all work tirelessly to enrich the lives of all graduate students at Weatherhead. With an 8 person executive board, the President and Vice President are well supported and ambitious!
Patrick Glicker is the Graduate Business Student Association president. With over ten years of work experience, he has stepped into this role with a great deal of thought and organization. Patrick consults with the STEX team on major plans for GBSA and acts as a link between the student body and the administration.
Liz Smith is the Graduate Business Student Association vice-president. Liz also has a good number of years of work experience and is tasked primarily with advising student clubs in the planning and execution of their events. Liz also consults with the STEX team on logistics and insights to help clubs become most effective.
The Office of Student Experience also relies on our graduate assistants to help our office run smoothly. With multiple events and activities often happening in the same day, we need all hands on deck to ensure an excellent experience for all of our participants.
Nikolay Kanazirev just started his graduate assistant work with Student Experience. With extensive experience in marketing, Nik is our go-to for putting together marketing material and getting the word out quickly. A confident, fast worker and an undergraduate alumni, he can navigate himself around any task on short notice!
Chelsea An has been with STEX since the beginning of the summer. Outgoing and proactive, Chelsea is excellent with a crowd. You will often see her helping corral students in large activities, giving instruction, or working individually with students new to campus. Patient, quick thinking, and with the remarkable ability to connect with a diversity of people, we are proud to have Chelsea on the team!